The Buzz : 2018 Kia Stinger is on Fiyah!


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Kia sports car?  A legitimate sports sedan by Kia?  Kia, say what?   Kia? 

Car and Driver says: Back in 1964, the great Muhammad Ali famously taunted heavyweight-title opponent Sonny Liston, saying he’d “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” in their upcoming match.  Our track testing revealed that the hottest Kia does indeed sting like a bee: 60 mph comes up in 4.6 seconds, it circulates the skidpad at 0.91 g, and it stops from 70 mph in 164 feet. Kia claims that the car’s top speed is governed at 167 mph. Those numbers match up well with larger, much more expensive performance sedans like some that competed in a recent comparison test , including the Audi A6 3.0T Competition and the Cadillac CTS V-Sport.

Road and Track (Sept 2017)  If you’re in the market for a 4-series Gran Coupe, you should check your brand prejudice and take this car seriously. BMW and Audi will, if they have any sense.

The Drive.com (Dec 2017): Human Drivers, Lend Me Your Votes: The Kia Stinger Should Be the 2018 North American Car of the Year.    As an automotive writer who’s blessed (or cursed) with strong opinions on cars , my vote for the North American Car of the Year award is usually a slam dunk. Not this year.  The 2018 Kia Stinger and equally-new Honda Accord have had me straddling the fence and engaging in Socratic arguments with myself. But decision time is at hand, so here goes: The Kia Stinger is my 2018 North American Car of the Year. And my esteemed fellow jurors, if they’re not idiots, should agree with me.   LAWRENCE ULRICH

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 the GT

Engine: 3.3-liter twin-turbocharged V-6
Horsepower: 365 hp
Torque: 376 lb-ft

0–60 mph Acceleration: 4.4 s
Top Speed: 167 mph
70–0 mph Braking Distance: 158 ft
Roadholding on 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.93 g

(Stats from Road and Track)

Designed by Peter Schreyer (Former Designer at Audi) and  Gregory Guillaume (Former  Chief Designer for Volkswagen Group

Engineered by Albert Biermann (Former Vice President engineering of BMW’s famed “M” division).

2018 Stinger GT $39K

Random Stuff

In 2016 Hyundai Motor Group (Hyundai, Kia, Genesis) became the third largest automaker in the world behind Toyota and Volkswagen.

The Hyundai Motor Group isn’t just interested in making good basic cars, they are making a statement.  They are assembling some of the best names in the industry. I  Luc Donckerwolke who once was the Design Director for Vw’s  Bentley, Lamborghini and Audi is now heading the new Genesis brand.

The challenge for Kia is to convince someone who is in the market for a sports sedan, to drop 39K for a Kia.  .

The automotive writers say, in the last few years Cadillac has been building some of the best cars on the market.  American cars,,that will out handle and in many cases out run the best from Europe.   But the public isn’t buying.   So it may be a tough sell for Kia.

For some its the pedigree,  if it isn’t a Lexus or from Europe, it wont do ?

But I’m that guy in the Charger Hellcat, in outrageous Red . I’d be sipping on my Slurpee at some traffic light in the Napa Valley.   Smoking the best from Germany and even keeping up with a few $400k Supercars.

Grey Poupon? No Frenches Dammit! 

If the pedigree isn’t important to you. Test drive the Stinger GT .  It does have one thing the other don’t.  A 10 year 100,000 mile warranty.

 

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The Operating Hours of the Boys Club may change without notice


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If your over 50 and currently employed your nights are a bit restless.   The world you knew changed a few months ago.   Women are coming forward with memories that spanned decades.  Their memories are clear and often detailed.   So you wake up in a small panic, was I inappropriate?  EVER?

The face of 66 year old Minnesota Senator Al Franken best represents a lot of baby boomers.   Did I?  Are there others?  How do you defend a brush or a touch (not grab) that took place 30 years ago ?

As a manager, I can clearly remember two female employees telling me they did not  want to be touched or hugged. I respected their wishes and there was no retaliation. Women rarely came forward in my years in management.  Are there women out there who feel that I was inappropriate in the 90’s or 2000? and what it the appropriate response?

There were members of the Boys Club who abused their power.  Everyone knew who they were and while you may not have been comfortable as they boasted about conquests you remained silent .

Throughout the years if a female staffer had a complaint you took it seriously.  But that was before the fall of 2017.

The question for many is why now?   If there was a problem in 2010 why wasn’t addressed in 2010. 

 

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It was sometime after the Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas hearings.  I was given a directive.  I was to personally spend the next few days speaking directly to employees about the company’s new sexual harassment policy.   There were no real directions, just a box of brochures and business cards.  This was the nineties, there were no smartphones or laptops.

My words brought confusion and concern.   Uttering those words “Sexual Harassment” resulted in many red faces. What do you mean sexual?    Is this from the union ?   No.  Should we contact the union?  You can if you like.   “If you ever feel uncomfortable for any reason by anyone you can call the number on the card 24 hours a day.

No one was quite sure what to do, one thing was clear, the company was serious.    Locations had five days to respond to any complaint and to forward all complaints to headquarters.  Failure to follow the new mandate would result in disciplinary action.

Before the mandate, there really wasn’t an official response to an individual who said he or she was being sexually harassed.  Quite often she was told someone would keep an eye out for her.   Yes, there were outdated guidelines from human resources  but the truth was no one was was equipped to respond to questions of sexual harassment.   It was my experience the victim wasn’t taken seriously.

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It has been a Boys club since the beginning of time.  The club had long resisted female members.   Once  you  became a member you quickly learned when to speak in the meeting and when to simply go along.

While you have never been inappropriate with a female, you know managers and professional who were.  In fact all the managers knew who the perpetrators were as many boasted about their actions.   As a member you may have participated in the banter as your male colleges have made comments about women who work for the company, you have laughed in the presence of female managers who seemed okay with the shenanigans, boys being boys.

A common question is why didn’t women speak up.  Why now?  

I was a black man wanting to move up.  I don’t speak for all black men or women.   When you a minority or a women the dance is very delicate as you move up the ladder.  Most clubs are filled with white men, with an occasional minority or woman. If your objective is an office upstairs, you played the game. You smiled when the boss or the majority of the room is being inappropriate.  Objecting could result in a delay in your ascension or halt it all together.

At a business dinner to honor our clients.    My boss loudly announced they were serving watermelon and which should make me happy!   Many of my colleagues  and clients were embarrassed.   Inside I was hurt and embarrassed, outside I was professional,”oh that guy”

I could have complained , could have sued the company, there were more than one hundred witnesses.   But it would have ended my career.   From that moment on, I would have been branded.   Nice guy, but!    Didn’t he sue? Didn’t he file a complaint?  I’ve been in those meetings,so I knew what the consequences were.

Women know this all too well.  They are outnumbered in the Boys clubs. So when one of the boys comments on the tits on the new girl in the mail room, they may smile uncomfortably or  look away.

Fall 2017

The abuse of power in the Boys Club is well known. Abuse comes in many forms, it is fueled by power.    From the fast food manager asking for  sexual favors in exchange for hours.   To department heads who s access to slush funds to pay for and elected members of our government who have made it very difficult for someone to complain.

The abuse by some of the members of the Boys Club was tolerated  if the member was generating income for the organization.   Beginning with the 100+millions in payouts from the Fox News Corporation followed by the  Weinstein scandal the stakeholders /shareholders declared there weren’t  any sacred cows.  NBC’s  Matt Lauer was being fired today.

Some members of the Boys Club are in shock.  The abuse of power is  so deeply ingrained in the culture.   After Donald Trump infamous Access America tape was released. some of his supporters dismissed it as being simply locker room talk.  His son, Eric, said it’s just what happens when men hang out together.  Its simply, Boys being Boys.

There are many men who believe while these actions against women were wrong.  They view the punishment to severe.

The Mee too movement is a beginning, however real change will not take place until the Boys Clubs becomes the Boys and Girls Club.  The institution has to change.

  There needs to be more than just one or two women setting policy.  One or two women in a sea of men.  This change needs to take place today.  The irons are hot!

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Another Anti LGBT Politician Goes Down


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He was called the conscience of the conservative movement. His wife is the assistant director of an Anti abortion rally called “March of Life”

Earlier this month Westley Goodman was allegeldy discoved having sex with man on the his desk in one of the state offices.

Mr Goodman was elected to represent the 87th District, in north-central Ohio, just last year. Prior to that, he worked as an aide to US Representative Jim Jordan, a highly conservative, anti-LGBT Republican.

The Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the US, named Mr Jordan in their Hall of Shame in 2014 for attempting to block marriage equality in the District of Columbia

There were rumors about Goodman being gay.  Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger heard rumors that Goodman was gay and cheating on his wife as early as May 2016, a House spokesman confirmed Tuesday. But little could be done because Goodman denied those rumors when confronted, and they never involved another lawmaker or House employees.

Cleveland.com first reported Saturday that Goodman, a married man, had sex with men while working in Washington, D.C. and sent unsolicited, sexually inappropriate messages to younger men he met in conservative circles. Goodman, 33, continued sending messages while he was a sitting legislator, men who received the messages say.

 

Johnny Hadlock, a former congressional staffer, told the AP he engaged in sexual banter by text and had phone sex with Goodman while the two worked in Washington in the early 2010s. He said he was furious when, years later, he saw Goodman campaigning on the issue of “natural marriage” between a man and a woman, “because I knew differently.”

“Wes is a good guy. He’s a nice guy. He’s a gregarious guy. He’s a good networker. But he’s a hypocrite,” said Hadlock, whose story was first reported by cleveland.com. “He’s engaged in things with me and with others that I know are the antithesis of what he’s publicly proclaiming and standing for in his public life.”

 

The Washington Post reported Friday that another conservative group, the Council for National Policy, handled internally a complaint that Goodman fondled an 18-year-old college student while he was sleeping in a hotel room at its 2015 conference.

The student’s stepfather brought details of the encounter to president Tony Perkins, who also heads the prominent Family Research Council.

“If we endorse these types of individuals, then it would seem our whole weekend together was nothing more than a charade,” the stepfather wrote to Perkins, according to the Post.  “Trust me… this will not be ignored nor swept aside,” Perkins replied. “It will be dealt with swiftly, but with prudence.”

In early summer, a non-House employee came forward with evidence of computer and cellphone screenshots suggesting Goodman had been unfaithful to his wife in suggestive or explicit photos and messages.     The activity involved all appeared consensual, but Goodman was called in and warned that if he ever engaged in acts with House staff or on state property, it would become Rosenberger’s business.

Representative Goodman denied all of it and said that ‘fake screenshots’ were being circulated,” 

When he resigned his House seat, Goodman said in a statement that he hadn’t served his constituents “in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service.” He has not responded to repeated requests for comment on media accounts published since then.

This story isn’t over, men are slowly coming forward saying Goodman either fondled them, had uncomfortable conversations with him.  Some of the men have released explict conversations Goodman had with men on Twitter and Craigslist.

 

CityFella

Gobble Gobble Gobble: Texas Congressman Joe Barton Say those are his giblets on social media but he may be a victim of revenge porn


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Elected in 1988 he is the most senior Representative in Texas, Dallas area constituents has seen a lot of Congressman Joe Barton in the last few days.   You don’t have to look hard, he’s everywhere on Social Media!  In the last few years he has sent several explicit pictures and messages to a women he was interested in .   Those pictures have made it on to the net.

Embarrassment 

 While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women. Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.

Before the grand Reveal?

This women who he was involved with( years before his divorce from his second wife) has received  many explicit photos, videos and messages from him throughout the years

Anger

A woman whom the Washington Post did not identify told the newspaper of Barton’s threat over the sexually explicit photographs, videos and messages he had sent to her. The woman described sexual encounters and contact extending over five years, beginning with her posting a message on Barton’s Facebook page in 2011.

She also shared with the Post a secretly recorded telephone conversation with Barton in 2015 in which he warned her against using the material “in a way that would negatively affect my career”.

Victim?

Texas Rep. Joe Barton may have been the victim of revenge porn, after an anonymous Twitter user posted explicit photos and texts of the longtime congressman.

In a statement Wednesday night, he said that he had suffered “a potential crime.” A Texas law, the so-called revenge pornography law, makes it a misdemeanor to intentionally publicize images or videos of someone’s genitals or sexual activity without consent.

 How many reports has there been on high profile or elected women sending pictures of their genitalia in the last five years? 

Zero

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The 68 year old is up for reelection in 2018

 

 

 

 

he wasn’t a terrorist because he was an American…dah!


This was one of the answers on social media to why Stephen Paddock isn’t a terrorist.  After killing 59 people and injuring nearly 600 others in Las Vegas.

Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov is a terrorist after killing 8 people and injuring 15 others in New York.  For many his crime is more heinous because he is foreign and from one of those countries  AND he gets 10 bonus points if he says he is a member of Isis. 

The Don said, extreme vetting (gun control) wouldn’t have mattered in Texas because the shooting ” was a result of mental health”.  Perhaps the Don could benefit from some mental health treatment. BECAUSE many states do not have a provision that prevents someone with  mental issues from buying a GUN!

What is it?

Is it easier to accept an acts of terror if the terror is perpetrated by a non European?

Terrorist acts at abortion clinics were justified because the terrorist did what he did because of his religions passion.   He was saving babies when he killed those five people.  

45 wants to limit people coming into this country from CERTAIN countries.  A gentleman on a cable news show defended 45’s position.   The fact that his was RADICALIZED in America, was ignored.   When asked, should we vet people who’s profile fits the Las Vegas shooter ( Terrorist) he said that wouldn’t work here.

 

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If someone killed someone you knew, your not likely to say he/she was emotional, passionate, or out of control!

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Never! 

People get into lengthy passionate and sometimes hate fill speech .  I’ve never understood it.  These are strangers people I’m not likely to meet. I’m not going to change an opinion or belief.   So I’m arguing Y? 

Duh!

 

In a perfect world.  The overwhelming majority of NRA members who support gun control and the elimination of Automatic Machine Guns would withhold their dues until NRA changes their position.

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Meanwhile, Praying for Better Days B Happy and Smile

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CityFella

The Weinstein Wind Est October 5, 2017: Hollywood Shaken


 

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October 5, the New York Times Published a blistering report detailing nearly 30 years of reports by women accusing the Oscar-winning movie producer of sexual harassment. They reveal he has paid out at least eight settlements.  

Sexual harassment has long been a part of the culture in Hollywood.  Some members in the industry exploiting individuals who relocated to work in Hollywood.

What makes the Weinstein Wind unique, is the dismissal of studio heads.  Harvey Weinstein  was fired from the company that bears his name.  High profile individuals are being terminated.  This are just some of the names from Oct 5th and Nov 1,2017

October 6th,  Defy Media announced that it was suspending Screen Junkies creator Andy Signore following allegations of sexual harassment from at least five women . He was fired on October 8th. 

On October 12th ,Producer Isa Hackett accused Amazon Studios Chief Roy Price of harassing her in a cab during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. Hackett says Price propositioned her and told her, “You will love my dick.   Price resigned October 17th.

October 12th was a busy day.   Former Vox employee Eden Rohatensky, wrote a blog which alleged misconduct by several employers and co-workers, including “one of the company’s VPs,” whom she said touched her and kissed her neck while she rode in a car full of co-workers after a company party Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele was terminated October 19th 

Animator and creator of the Nickelodeon Chris Savino was fired on the 19th after Several women alleged Savino had sexually harassed them Offered work in exchange for sexual favors and sending lewd text messages.

On October 21, the New Orleans TImes-Picayune published a story on celebrity chef John Besh .  25 women accused Besh of fostering a culture of sexual harassment at his restaurants. On October 25th Besh stepped down from his restaurant group.

On October 22, The LA Times reported,  38 women—31 of whom have gone on the record accusing Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter James Toback of harassment and assault   Days later, the number of accusers climbed into the hundreds

 

CNN published a story October 26.  Five women accused NBC’s TV journalist Mark Halperin of sexually harassing them when he was at ABC NEWS. NBC cut ties with him on the same day.

Rick Najera a writer and producer who spent 13 years heading up CBS’s network’s annual Diversity Sketch Comedy showcase. In 2009 and 2004 Najera made inappropriate comments and while the network became aware of the comments in March of this year.  CBS officially severed ties with Najera on the 26th. 

In 2001, stage and screen actor Anthony Rapp told The Advocate of an incident that took place when he was 14.  When a well know actor picked him up and took him to his bed and climbed on top of  him.  In 2001 he did not identify the actor.  On October 29th, Anthony Rapp  told Buzzfeed the actor who attempted to assault him was Kevin Spacey.   He came forward because of  the people who have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment. Spacey said ,he didn’t recall the incident and apologized  and announced he was gay.  Within Hours, Netflix cancelled his series “House of Cards” The show was already due to end after this season, but production is now suspended “until further notice”.Spacey has also been dropped as the recipient of a special Emmy award he was due to receive next month.The International TV Academy said in a statement that it was withdrawing the International Emmy Founders Award “in light of recent events”.

More Spacey Controversy

The BBC News has uncovered more allegations of sexual misconduct.

US filmmaker Tony Montana claims he was gropeFilm director Montana told Radar Online that he was in his thirties when the incident took place at the Coronet Bar in LA. by the actor in a Los Angeles bar in 2003.  Montana says he was left with PTSD for six months after he claims Spacey “forcefully” grabbed his crotch.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several plays at the theater, claims Spacey “routinely preyed” on young male actors. “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us,” he wrote in a Facebook post.  He said he fended off two “unpleasant” advances from Spacey that “bordered on harassment,” but that others were afraid to do so. “There are a lot of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’,” says Cavazos.

October 31, Michael Oreskes  The head of National Public Radio’s news department was placed on leave Tuesday after he was accused of sexual harassment by two women who claimed he made unwanted advances toward them while he worked at the New York Times nearly 20 years ago.

November 1, Six women, including actress Olivia Munn, accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct in a wide-ranging Los Angeles Times report. TV and film actress Natasha Henstridge told the Times that when she was 19 years old, Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him after a party. “He physically forced himself on me,” she recalled. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.” Munn separately recounted Ratner masturbating in front of her in a film-set trailer and later sexually harassing her with verbal come-ons. “It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” Munn told the Times. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.” Four other women recalled incidents in which Ratner made aggressive sexual overtures, including propositioning for sex in a bathroom or his trailer. Ratner, through a lawyer, denied all of the claims.

The Weinstein wind sweeps up Kevin Spacey. Other men are slow to come forward.


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Hollywood is shaken and stirred .The Harvey Weinstein blow back ,is REAL!   

The latest person to come forward is stage and screen star Anthony Rapp.  Some might know him from several films including “Rent” Rapp is currently starring in CBS’s “Star Trek Discovery”

A few days ago Anthony Rapp alleged in an interview with  BuzzFeed that actor Kevin Spacey picked him up, put him on his bed and “was trying to get with me sexually”   back in 1986, when Rapp was 14 years old. Rapp added that one day he met with a lawyer to discuss possible legal action, who told him there was no case worth pursuing.

This is significant statement. Sexual harassment has been a part of Hollywood since its inception.  If you worked in Hollywood the sexual maze is just one of the obstacles.  Its a small community.    Many agents, managers, sent clients on meetings with known sexual predators, known pedophiles  hoping for the best.  If your an attorney and want to continue to work in Hollywood, you look away.  A complaint against a successful, actor, director, screenwriter, casting agent, could limit his ability to earn in Hollywood.

Today, there are many in Hollywood, fearful of  retribution.  Many are in a holding mode, waiting to see if what blow back if any. those who came forward may face .

In response, to Anthony Rapp  accounting.  Spacey said he didn’t remember the encounter, given the incident was alleged to have occurred 30 years ago, but added… “if I did behave then as he describes, I owe him the sincerest apology for what would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behavior …   This was followed by an earth shattering  announcement.  Like Ricky Martin’s and Barry Manilow , Kevin Spacey tells the world he is gay man. 

2pm Monday October 30, 2017. Netflix Cancelled Kevin Spacey’s “House of Cards”

Male victims of sexual harassment are slow to speak

Terry Crews tweeted about his fear of being – quote, unquote – “ostracized” if he pursued any further action against an executive that he said groped him last year. James Van Der Beek – when he said he’d been groped many times as a young actor, tweeted that, quote, “there’s a power dynamic that feels impossible to overcome.”

Male victims, like female victims felt like, if I speak up, then I’m going to pay the price for this.

Is the public ready to hear Corey Feldman?

 

Corey Feldman and Todd Bridges tales of rape of molestation was downplayed many years ago .  Both were on a downward spiral and perhaps were dismissed by many because of their documented issues of substance abuse. Corey Feldman told the Hollywood Reporter that he and Corey Haim were repeatedly molested as child stars.  Todd Bridges of Different Strokes fame said he was molested by his male publicist when he was 11.   

As recently as 2016, Feldman  testified to The Hollywood reporter that he and Corey Haim were repeatedly molested as child stars.

“All these men were all friends,” Feldman said of the perpetrators. “Ask anybody from our group of kids at that time. They were passing us back and forth to each other.”

Feldman has said Haim’s experience was worse. “He had more direct abuse than I did,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “With me, there were some molestations, and it did come from several hands, so to speak, but with Corey, his was direct rape.”

In his book, Feldman writes that Haim was raped at age 11 on the set of the 1986 film “Lucas,” which co-starred up-and-comers Charlie Sheen and Winona Ryder.

“The man who had stolen his innocence,” Feldman writes, “ . . . walks around now, one of the most successful people in the entertainment industry, still making money hand over fist.”

For legal reasons, Feldman says he cannot name names. “Unfortunately California conveniently enough has a statute of limitations that prevents that from happening,”

Today, in light of the Weinstein wind, he says he will name, names. However he needs to raise 10 million dollars where he would name names in the movie.

No Movies About Pedophilia in Hollywood

In 2014, director Amy Berg struggled to find distribution for “An Open Secret,” her documentary about rampant pedophilia in Hollywood. For her 2006 doc “Deliver Us From Evil,” uncovering the very same crimes in the Catholic Church, Berg won an Oscar nomination.

 In 2014, SAG-AFTRA threatened to sue Berg over “An Open Secret” unless she cut all references to the union’s Young Performers Committee, along with most of her interview with one of Hollywood’s most vocal watchdogs. It’s clear why SAG-AFTRA was alarmed: In her doc, Berg reveals that convicted child molesters still openly work in Hollywood, with children, today.

 

Berg stood up to SAG-AFTRA, but unsurprisingly, her film never gained traction — no streaming service, no cable outlet would pick it up. “An Open Secret” — a pirated, pre-commercial version — appeared on YouTube, where it has since racked up over one million views.  

 

CityFella